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Forensic Analysis of an Artificial Sweetener Commonly Employed in Hoax Powder Attacks Using Morphologically Directed Raman Spectroscopy

Published 26 February 2015 | By Malvern Instruments

In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, there was an influx of white powder events throughout the United States. A white powder event is when an unknown white powder is received in the post. More often than not, the attacks do not contain any toxic materials and are carried out for the sole purpose of causing terror and damaging infrastructure. Since these attacks, the FBI and US Postal Service have responded to thousands of white powder events.

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Forensic Analysis of an Artificial Sweetener Commonly Employed in Hoax Powder Attacks Using Morphologically Directed Raman Spectroscopy